Avon Products has been struggling for a decade with reorganization plans that could unlock some of the value of the direct-sales beauty products retailer - but without significant progress. Analysts ... more 
Avon Products has been struggling for a decade with reorganization plans that could unlock some of the value of the direct-sales beauty products retailer - but without significant progress. Analysts following the company are debating whether Avon might benefit from the intervention of an activist, the way Bill Ackman's campaign benefitted Procter & Gamble. However, it's not as clear that Avon has the characteristics that make it ripe for an activist's intrusion. The company's focus on initiatives like cost cutting is frustrating, and management may not welcome a bid that would come with its share price so low. The Deal's Bob O'Brien reports from New York. less 
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